It all began the day Jack Chambers' garden center told him his garden and compost needed earthworms to improve the health and fertility of his soil. He visited a local worm farm, bought a bucket of worms, and placed them in his compost pile. He then left on a two-week excursion as a commercial airline captain.
When he returned, he was astonished how the worms had worked through the green waste in his compost pile producing a dark, rich, crumbly material. He was inspired.
Jack bought that worm farm and began a more than 25-year commitment to understanding everything there is to know about earthworms and the important role they play in soil health and fertility. He traveled the world talking with academics, scientists, and all kinds of farmers and growers to increase his knowledge and understanding. He developed the proprietary production process and continuous-flow reactors that, to this day, are the foundation of all our worm-based organic soil amendments, mixes, and conditioners.
Jack Chambers in front of the first O2Compost Bin used for pre-composting dairy manure
Jack observed the many benefits of worm castings and extract in his own backyard garden where he grew herbs, vegetables, fruits, and flowers. All the plants in his garden were vigorous, vibrant, and healthy. You could see it in the luster and color of the leaves, the sturdiness of the stalks, the size of the blooms, and the heartiness of the produce. The plants had absolutely no disease. His garden was not only extraordinarily productive, but everything he picked and ate from it tasted amazing and had amazing longevity.
Jack used no fertilizers or chemicals of any kind in his garden. He knew that the health and fertility of his soil was the reason for the performance of his garden. And he knew that the red wiggler worms (eisenia fetida) were responsible for the health of his soil.
Over the years, Jack's company, TerraVesco has grown to one of the largest producers of vermicompost and extract in the country. It is a science-based company committed to advancing the understanding of life in the soil and how billions of microbes promote and support plant health. Visit the TerraVesco website to learn more.